6. Marvel x BAPE
Year It First Dropped: 2005
From the patent leather uppers with the texture of a fresh action figure, to the blister card packaging that emulated toys, this collaboration marked the beginning of when everyone really started hating hypebeasts. The Air Force 1-inspired silhouette of the BAPEstas spoke to guys with an eye for context, while the Marvel characters appealed to everyone's inner fanboy. There was also a series of accompanying T-shirts, but the all-over print hoodie woudln't exist until BAPE x Marvel was revisited last year. Yet perhaps the most important thing this collabo pointed out is that no matter what you geek about—comics or clothes—you're still a nerd, nerds.